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COLUMBIA CITY â€” One of the countyâ€™s online tools may become a source of frustration for the GIS Department.
The geographic information system (GIS), is an online, searchable database that provides a host of information from the names of property owners to the taxes paid on such properties.
Itâ€™s the names published on the public site that had Dan Weigold, GIS coordinator, asking Whitley County Commissioners for guidance.
â€śIâ€™m not really sure what to do,â€ť Weigold said.
House Bill 1219 is slated to go into effect June 2014. The law requires a local unit of government that operates a public website data base containing the names and addresses of property owners to establish a procedure to permit a law enforcement officer or victim of domestic violence to restrict disclosure of the personâ€™s home address.
â€śI understand the intent of the law,â€ť Weigold said. â€śNobody know how to do this. Itâ€™s not just as easy as taking their name off the site.â€ť
In the verbiage of the law, the word â€śmayâ€ť is used when instructing government entities to remove names.
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